Historic First In Women's Hockey As City of Brampton Unveils Community Centre Dedicated to Three-time Olympian and Former Team Captain of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team



    BRAMPTON, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Today, the City of Brampton celebrated the
opening of a world-class community centre named after hometown hero Cassie
Campbell, a three-time Olympian and former Captain of Canada's National
Women's Hockey Team.
    "The Cassie Campbell Community Centre is a remarkable facility of which
we can all be very proud," said Mayor Susan Fennell. "Bramptonians and
community sports organizations will enjoy new and exciting recreation
opportunities and this new facility is destined to become an icon in our city.
Cassie Campbell is proud of her Brampton roots and we are proud to recognize
Cassie and her amazing contribution to women's hockey by naming this centre in
her honour."
    Cassie Campbell, one of the most successful and recognized players in
women's hockey, holds 21 medals from Olympic, international and national
championships - 17 of them gold. She is the first woman to provide colour
commentary for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
    "Growing up in Brampton and going to community centres to play sports, I
know first hand how important this facility will be, especially for our youth,
and for that I am extremely proud," said Cassie Campbell.
    Located at Sandalwood Parkway and Chinguacousy Road, it is the City's
largest community centre at 165,000 square feet. The facility provides a broad
range of athletic and leisure services for all residents of Brampton,
including a citywide fitness centre, figure skating rink, hockey rink and
pool. The Cassie Campbell Community Centre is also home to a new community
police station.
    The centre features an extensive outdoor program with tennis and
basketball courts, splash pads, three outdoor soccer fields, with two fields
converting to a cricket pitch, and a neighbourhood park. In addition there is
an indoor running track, community meeting rooms and the City's first
community gymnasium.

    Supporting Quotes

    "As a long-time supporter of Canadian women's hockey, we're proud to be
working with the City of Brampton and Cassie Campbell to encourage people to
reach their full potential by committing to a healthy and active lifestyle,"
said Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President and CEO.

    "The NHL congratulates Cassie Campbell and the City of Brampton on the
opening of a world-class community centre," said Gary Bettman, Commissioner,
National Hockey League.

    "As Chief of The Peel Regional Police, I know that without the public's
help and support we could not enjoy the success that we have as a police
service.  Our success as an organization is only made possible because of our
community supports and our ties with the residents of Peel. A key factor in
this success is our community stations and the personnel that work in them. I
am extremely proud of this new facility and the officers and civilian support
staff that work here," said Chief Mike Metcalf.

    "Coca-Cola Bottling Company has a longstanding tradition of supporting
our communities and active living," said Darren Carey, Sales Centre Manager,
Coca-Cola Bottling Company. "We are proud to be a part of the official opening
of the new Cassie Campbell Community Centre."

    Quick Facts

    The Cassie Campbell Community Centre is part of the City's Making Great
Things Happen initiative, which brings to citizens two new community centres
and two renovated and expanded recreation centres as part of a $120 million
capital program.

    
    The other three projects in this initiative:

    -  In June 2007, the new Brampton Soccer Centre opened at Dixie Road
       and Sandalwood Parkway.
    -  In September 2007, the Earnscliffe Recreation Centre on Eastbourne
       Drive reopened its doors following an expansion and extensive
       renovations.
    -  In October 2008, the Century Gardens Recreation Centre will reopen
       with improvements that will help meet the future healthy lifestyle
       needs of the community.
    

    Learn More

    Learn more about City of Brampton (www.brampton.ca)

    Learn more about Cassie Campbell (http://www.cassie77.com)

    Learn more about Hockey Canada (http://www.hockeycanada.ca)

    About Brampton

    Brampton is the first city in the GTA and one of 10 in North America to
be designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization
in 2007. Home to more than 8,000 businesses, the City enjoys a Triple 'A'
credit rating by Standard & Poor, reflecting its debt-free position,
exceptional liquidity levels and excellent economy. The City of Brampton's
2008 operating budget is $389.4 million and approved funding for its overall
capital program stands at $585.7 million. The City celebrates its diverse
population that represents people from more than 175 distinct ethnic
backgrounds who speak over 70 different languages. Offering nearly 6,000 acres
of parkland, Brampton takes pride in being the Flower City and Communities in
Bloom's 'Best Blooming Community in Canada'. Visit our website at
www.brampton.ca

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sheri DeCarlo, Media Relations and Issues
Management, City of Brampton, Tel: (905) 874-2143, (416) 806-1364,
sheri.decarlo@brampton.ca

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